Resilience

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About Us

Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide treatment for Resilience in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

What Is Resilience?

A persistent collection of behaviours, thoughts, and feelings by the client that fundamentally depart from the client’s mainstream cultural norms and expectations across many areas of functioning are characteristics of personality disorders, a specific subset of mental diseases. Characteristics of personality disorders include early onset, intrinsic rigidity, and occasionally unpredictable/unstable behaviour (depending on the personality disorder of course). People who care about them, including coworkers and parents/family, frequently describe the challenging symptoms that characterise personality disorders as being extremely distressing and challenging to live with.

The majority of the time, those who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder report difficulty with relationships, cognition, emotional dysregulation, and impulse control. This is incredibly generic, though, and many personality disorders will have distinctive or more obvious symptoms than others.

Unfortunately, persons who have been or have not been diagnosed with personality disorders frequently use coping mechanisms to deal with the suffering that their undesirable behaviours cause in their personal, social, and professional lives. Most of their coping mechanisms, though, are maladaptive in nature, and if used for a prolonged period of time, they can lead to anxiety and depression (Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder)

Does everyone have resilience? Yes

In essence, everyone has resilience, but for some people, it seems like they have been more “taught” (for want of a better description) to access it and use it. People with higher levels of resilience frequently have developed emotional management skills and are better able to cognitively put their emotions aside and concentrate on what has to be done to address problems. The ability to be resilient does not imply that a person does not experience the intensity of an incident or situation; rather, it means that they have been able to adapt, cope, and work through the necessary steps to find a solution. As a result, they progress through the issue and change as they do so.

Can everyone increase their resilience? Yes

Everyone has the ability to develop their resilience. Imagine building up your body’s tolerance for resilience the same way you would build up your fitness to manage the “burn” by jogging 1 km, then 2 km, then 5 km, then 10 km. The first time you enter the building, you can’t just run 10 kilometres.

Resilience may be developed and increased just like any other human skill. Additionally, resilience is a skill that can be learned and developed at any age and from any background. However, in order to adopt and develop this skill, one must first have a complete willingness to study, followed by the necessary knowledge.

This is where consulting with a child psychologist or adolescent psychologist may be beneficial. By implementing these skills as your children are developing and learning how to manage their lives, you can help them build on what they have already learned because children are quick to put what they have learned into practise. Building resilience also raises one’s self-esteem.

How do you increase resilience?

There are many ways a person can begin to build their resilience:

  • Building Positive Relationships: It is important to feel connected with people, to have positive, supportive friendships, because this connection allows a person or child to feel supported and understood in their world. These relationships are important because it helps people understand and know within themselves how they operate and communicate amongst others in their life. It is also important that children/people feel a sense of belonging and meaning to others, as well as have support when or if a negative life-event occurs. Knowing all this, is ‘resilience building’.
  • High self-esteem: having a positive self-image, building knowing who you are (identity) and confidence in your strengths and abilities (self-knowledge) is very important to building high resilience.
  • Being consistent in yourself and to others: Regularly being able to make ‘realistic plans’ or goals and then being able to carry these through with oneself or with others, makes one build self-belief. People need to know they are reliable and responsible to themselves and to others to have resilience.
  • Good communication skills
  • Being able to emotionally regulate: Being able to effectively manage one’s negative emotions and emotions; thus, being able to display one’s emotions through difficult times in a positive and healthy manner.
  • Having good problem-solving skills: Being able to proactively, systematically and methodically work through a problem.

These are just a few areas in a person’s life that they can focus on to build better or higher resilience.

Caring for your mental health

An overall sensation of “positive” mental wellbeing, including self-assurance, a balanced sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and sense of identity, is indicative of excellent mental health. When we are able to completely enjoy and appreciate those around us, feel well in our daily lives, and perform well in our surroundings, we are said to have a healthy mental wellbeing. Basically, when our minds are in good shape, we can

  • Form positive relationships
  • Maintain those relationships
  • Plan and implement our abilities to reach our potential
  • We can tend to bounce quite quickly back from life’s challenges.

How can we improve our mental health?

  • To improve our mental health we need to take responsibility for the way we function in our world and generally when we do this, people feel empowered to implement and maintain the things we need to do to maintain or implement new things for healthy mental living. Some positive tips on how to maintain a healthy mind are:
  • Find someone you feel you can trust to talk to
  • confide in them regularly and tell them about your thoughts and feelings
  • Find the time to exercise regularly, even if it’s 15 mins a day or 3 x a week
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Eat regularly through the day
  • Sleep healthily: meaning you need to get approximately 7-8 hours of sleep at night and on evaluation of your sleep routine, make sure it is not disturbed sleep.
  • Spend time with friends and loved ones
  • Develop new skills and spend time learning new fun things to do
  • Find time to relax
  • Start up your hobbies again and if they don’t feel like fun to do anymore, find the time to start up a new hobby
  • Set realistic goals; meaning take one goal and break it down into smaller more manageable goals
  • If you are concerned about anything – seek a health practitioner to speak to who can refer you to the appropriate health professional to support you.

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